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Autumn Wartime: Week 4 - Cranberry Sponge Pudding

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This week's recipe for the series is Cranberry Sponge Pudding from the 1936 edition of Rumford Complete Cookbook. It sounds very British using the words "sponge" and "pudding", but with the American twist of the cranberries. It also sounds absolutely delicious! Who wouldn't want cake smothered in cranberry sauce and warm custard?? I know I would. This one is going in the holiday to-bake recipe pile. Which gets bigger every year. I didn't get to do much holiday baking because of a crazy and agonizing last few months of pregnancy, so I'm determined to make up for it this year! And you all know how much I love vintage cranberry recipes... 😁




Speaking of cranberry recipes. I've been trying to keep my kids stocked with homemade vintage cookies when I can. So, about a month ago I dared to try a recipe from my 1941 Cape Cod Cranberry Cook Book for Gingerbread Cookies with cubes of cranberry pressed into the middle. And you know what? They were complete…

Autumn Wartime: Week 3 - Campbell's Soup Ad

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I'm a bit late, but this week's post for Autumn Wartime Recipes & Food is a Campbell's Soup ad I found in October 1942 issue of Woman's Home Companion.

"Soup Mixing" was a thing back then, and you could create all kinds of new concoctions that way! And isn't it interesting that you can be patriotic while eating this soup? 😄 Soup is perfect autumn weather food, of course, and I'd love to have some. If only the cool weather would return! It's been in the 80s for us. Boo!





Kansas Oil Museum - El Dorado, KS

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We just started our homeschool year not too long ago, and we had a really great field trip opportunity come to us. We were going to be able to visit a museum in Kansas from the comfort of our living room!

My son is in a 4H Robotics Club and did some research on the DoubleRobot - a Segway combined with an iPad to create a telecommuting robot with all sorts of cool applications. Besides visiting your job or school through this robot, there are some museums that are using these robots for remote visitors! 
Unfortunately, there aren't very many museums in the U.S. using this technology, but one who is, is the Kansas Oil Museum. As soon as we found out, my son was jumping at the chance for a tour! They usually have public school groups taking advantage of their robot tour, but they were very willing and open to having a couple homeschool families do the tour. 
I got together with a friend and her kids that were interested and tried out the tour just this past week!

To be brief, how it …

Autumn Wartime - Week 2: Sweet Potato in Apple Shells

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This week's recipe is for Sweet Potato in Apple Shells from the 1946 Woman's Home Companion Cook Book. Doesn't that sound interesting? The recipe looks really yummy, and it would make a perfect fall harvest side dish!

Autumn Wartime Recipes & Food - It's Back!

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Happy Autumn, everyone!

I was thinking about what I wanted to do next on the ol' blog, and I couldn't stop thinking about how much I enjoyed my Autumn Wartime series. So, I thought, why not do it again? I'll be changing it up though to better fit my current life. Instead of posting every day for a month, this time I'll be posting once a week for the whole season. Yay!

Our first week's recipe of the series is Spiced-Apple-And-Grapefruit Salad. This is a great salad idea for these early autumn days that can still be rather warm, at least here in Maryland. The spice paired with the grapefruit is interesting, especially with the baked apple being chilled.

 Pardon the photo quality. I only have my phone's internet available right now.

Come back next week for more 1940s autumn food inspiration!

Vintage Banana Tuesday: Day 23 - Banana Fudge + Finale!

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I've got something special planned for my last day of the Vintage Banana Tuesday series! A few weeks ago, my good friend and all things 1940s buddy, Loris, sent me a banana recipe with a challenge - "I dare you to make this!" The recipe was for Banana Fudge, and it was from her mother's wedding gift of America's Cookbook. ca. 1942. I thought a dare would be a great way to end this series, so here we are!

In the realm of bizarre banana recipes, Banana Fudge doesn't really raise the eyebrows. But it was definitely a challenge for me, because I am not, repeat not a fudge maker, eater, or day dreamer of any kind! (I'm sorry if this is yet another reason for you to think I'm crazy, but it's true. haha!)

This afternoon I finally attempted it. Fudge and I have a complicated history. Maybe you remember the dismal failure of the nasty Soya Fudge of 2014, and how I finally redeemed myself by making a successful and very modern Dark Chocolate Cherry Fudge (o…

Vintage Banana Tuesday: Day 22 - Banana Milk Shake & More!

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In the second to last week of posting for Vintage Banana Tuesday, I couldn't decide between two recipes, so I decided to include them both! They both come from my copy of the 1941 book Bananas... how to serve them.

Without further ado - Banana Milk Shake & Banana Coconut Rolls!


First up is Banana Milk Shake. The regular recipe isn't what we'd call a milkshake today, but I think it's originally where the name came from. It's just literally mashed banana whipped up with cold milk. The fun variations is where the ice cream comes in, which you can see in the next picture. Look at all those yummy banana milkshake variations!

And second, is Banana Coconut Rolls. These are interesting on a whole bunch of levels! The Banana Coconut Rolls sounds quite yummy actually. But then, there are two different sauces to serve on top - Pineapple Sauce or Orange Sauce. The most interesting thing to me, though, is when you look at the picture of the recipe - look how finely shredde…

Eclipse 1937

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Happy Solar Eclipse Day!! 
In honor of today's American Solar Eclipse of 2017, I thought I'd look around to see if there were any interesting eclipses around WWII.

Boy, did I strike gold!

Eighty years ago, in 1937, there took place the longest solar eclipse in over 1,200 years. Totality lasted seven minutes! The prime viewing location was a place called Canton Island, a tiny island in the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and Australia. The United States launched an expedition to photograph the eclipse and so did Britain which sparked a rivalry and led to tensions with Japan right before America's entry into WWII.

To read about the whole event, you can go to National Geographic's article here.

History is so fascinating. Who knew something as global as an eclipse could have such historical ramifications!

Where we are in Maryland, we were able to see around 87% totality. Pretty good! We did the whole experience with watching with our glasses, my son rigging up his camera to …

Vintage Banana Tuesday: Day 21 - Banana Boats

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This week's banana recipe for Banana Boats is a new concept to me, but apparently is familiar with other people! I found it in my Girl Scout camp cook book from 1946 called "Cooking Out-Of-Doors". It entails cutting open a banana, filling it with chocolate, raisins, and marshmallows, closing it back up, and then putting it in hot ashes to melt and get all gooey inside. Sounds like a much better version of S'mores to me!

(And I loathe S'mores. I may be the only one on this planet... Don't hate me.)

What a fun camping recipe, don't you think? I'm seriously going to try this one. One of the people that regularly makes these when they camp suggested putting nuts in it instead of raisins which I am totally on board for!



Sadly, Vintage Banana Tuesday is winding down! We have two weeks left, and then when September comes I'd like to start something else. I have really loved exploring vintage banana recipes this summer, and I hope you've enjoyed them…

Vintage Banana Tuesday: Day 20 - Ham Banana Rolls

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You thought I was done with the ham & banana combo, didn't you?

Well, I'm not! Mwahahahaha!

Apparently... from what I've heard from a source which shall remain anonymous, this recipe is shockingly, surprisingly good. I have a hard time believing it could be true... Especially when there's cheese sauce involved. Yes. It's true. Cheese Sauce.

Behold!!! Ham Banana Rolls!



This ad from Chiquita Banana, ca. December 1947 is floating around the internet. I tried to pinpoint where it came from, but had no luck. I did, however, find this same recipe in one of my banana cookbooks - Bananas...how to serve them, ca. 1941:

My son and I couldn't leave this alone, though. Something had to be done. 
We felt some graffiti was in order... 

Hahahaha! Oh my gosh. I love this so much.

Happy Vintage Banana Tuesday!

Vintage Banana Tuesday: Day 19 - Banana Cottage Pudding

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This week's recipe is a simple, homey-sounding recipe from my Royal Cook Book, ca. 1940.

You make a standard 1 egg cake, but then you slice bananas and put them on top of the batter before baking. You sprinkle with lemon juice and then bake it. Hmm! I wonder what the bananas would look like afterward. I haven't had the best of luck with bananas bared to the heat of the oven like with the Baked Ham & Bananas.... But this one might be different! I'd give it a try.



Vintage Banana Tuesday: Day 18 - Banana Donuts

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Whoever thought of this recipe is a genius. Don't Banana Donuts just make the most sense ever?!

This recipe comes from my fun, new cookbook, "Bananas...how to serve them", ca. 1941. I'm seriously making these babies. I'd be crazy not to. Mmm.... banana donuts!


And remember those cute illustrations I mentioned? Take a look at this banana guy smoking a cigar. He's blowing smoke donuts! Get it? Eh, eh? haha! There are all kinds of corny things like this in this cookbook. I love it!

Modern Changes in Museums

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I've been thinking about museums lately and how they're changing and adapting to "keep up with the times", which is funny if you think about it, because they seek to preserve a past and to connect people to that past. I wanted to share a few blog posts/articles I've been hanging on to that have some great thoughts on historical sites and living history.

First up, my good friend Mairi, over at Magpie Tidings, wrote a fascinating post about the dilemma historical sites face when it has a long history - what time period do they focus on to portray? One of them? All of them? You can read about it here. I like how the museum I used to work for took on this problem - they made a 1836 village, and then on a different part of the property they built an 1886 section and they kept expanding from there. You can "transport" to different years, learning about the area through time. This doesn't completely solve the problem of older sites such as castles, like M…

Vintage Banana Tuesday: Day 17 - Banana Meat Loaf

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I am so excited to show you this new banana cookbook I acquired recently entitled Bananas...How to Serve Them, ca. 1941!

The illustrations are adorably amusing, and I'll show them in future posts. In addition, there are a ton of fabulous recipes, including today's very interesting recipe for Banana Meatloaf. I actually ran across a mention of it on another blog and knew I had to hunt down this cookbook just for this recipe alone.

So... are you brave enough to try this one? I'm still considering it. Once I make it for dinner, it's a commitment, you know? We have to eat it. 😨

Hmm... I imagine it actually might make the meatloaf quite moist.

Well, here's the recipe! Give it a go if you dare!



Vintage Banana Tuesday: Day 16 - Banana Peanut Butter Mayonnaise

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I'm posting later than I wanted, but I actually tried this week's vintage banana recipe for Banana Peanut Butter Mayonnaise! It comes from my cookbook "This Way to the Banana Salad Bazaar", ca. late 1930s-early 1940s.

I bet you've already wrinkled your nose in distaste at the recipe, right? I mean, who in their right mind would eat a weird combination like that?!

Well... I would! I've mentioned before that I grew up eating peanut butter and Miracle Whip sandwiches, so this recipe seemed totally reasonable to me. haha! I really think people today underestimate how flexible mayo is in recipes and this one is no exception.

This recipe is super easy. Mash the bananas, stir in the pb and the mayo. Done!

Yes, I agree it turned out to be a weird, unappetizing color.

But, in a sandwich it was pretty good! The banana flavor was mostly covered up by the peanut butter, but it did give the spread more body. The peanut butter was made creamy with a slight tang from the …